Forest Animals

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Class: Aves: Birds  Diet: Sap
Order: Piciformes
Size: 20.5 cm (8 in)
Family: Picidae: Woodpeckers Conservation Status: Non-threatened 
Scientific Name: Sphyrapicus varius Habitat: forest, woodland
Range: Central Canada, Eastern USA; winters in Central America, West Indies

Size of Yellow-bellied SapsuckerThe sapsucker migrates northward in the spring from its wintering grounds in Central America and the West Indies. On reaching its breeding range, it drills rows of holes in the bark of trees and returns from time to time to drink the oozing sap and to eat the insects that are attracted to it. The bird also collects many other insects in and around the trees, using its brushlike tongue.  A breeding pair bores a nest hole, usually in a dead tree, with the male doing most of the work. The female lays 5 to 7 eggs, which both birds incubate for about 12 days.

Range of Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

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